Wash. man faces drug charges after Oxycontin bust

By Balzafire · Jul 26, 2010 · Updated Sep 8, 2010 · ·
  1. Balzafire

    ASHLAND, Ore. -- A Washington state man is facing drug charges after Oregon State Police troopers seized Oxycontin pills worth $660,000 during a traffic stop on Interstate 5 near Ashland.

    Charles Edwards of Tacoma, Wash., was charged with possession, manufacture and delivery of synthetic drugs after troopers stopped a pickup truck driver for speeding Friday morning.

    Police said about 8,000 of the pills were hidden inside the truck.
    A state police spokesman, Sgt. Steve Mitchell, called it a large-scale seizure for a drug that sells for up to $80 a pill.

    The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration website describes Oxycontin as an opiate-based narcotic used to treat moderate to severe pain.

    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS-July 26, 2010


  1. poop
    Wow. Makes SWIP wonder how this man got 8,000 80s.
  2. Balzafire
    Hamlin: Felony stupidity claims another zany drug dealer

    [imgl=white]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=16640&stc=1&d=1283716587[/imgl]The world is full of geniuses. We see them in colleges, universities, high-tech industrial complexes and, occasionally, northbound on Interstate 5 in Oregon.

    This summer's interstate genius award goes to a Tacoma man who was caught exceeding the speed limit on Interstate 5 near the quiet Shakespearean community of Ashland a few weeks ago. He's going to be nameless because I'm sure he's already been subjected to more than enough ridicule from Oregon law enforcement authorities, judges, prosecutors and fellow drug dealers.

    According to a recent article in the Ashland Daily Tidings, this 52-year-old motorist was doing more than speeding along northbound I-5 when he attracted the unwanted attention of Oregon State Police. He also had managed to cram some 8,000 Oxycontin pills into his brand new Chevy pickup truck.

    Hard to believe, but police became suspicious about the speeding motorist's payload after pulling him over, since physicians rarely write prescriptions for more than 5,000 Oxycontin pills, and then only if you've, like, cut yourself shaving or hit your thumb with a framing hammer.

    And existential angst is no longer considered a valid reason for driving a pickup truck bulging with powerful painkillers willy-nilly through the Pacific Northwest ...

    Sad as it may seem, I think it's safe to say that this fellow might have been contemplating illicit sales and distribution of Oxycontin.

    Dealing in this quantity, of course, would indicate that our wayward Washingtonian was a major player, a virtual cavalier of crime.

    Except for that, er, speeding thing ...

    Think about it, what's the one thing you don't want to do when you're illicitly hauling 8,000 Oxycontin pills through a sleepy Oregon college town?

    You really, really don't want to draw attention to yourself. And speeding down the freeway at dawn, most people will agree, could easily capture the attention, and imagination, of nearby law enforcement officers. Those Oregon troopers are always ready for an invigorating freeway pursuit.

    After all, we're not talking the LA freeway here, amigos. This guy probably stuck out like a sore thumb, albeit a sore thumb being treated with heroic quantities of Oxycontin.

    He could, I suppose, have done worse. I remember a pair of carefree Sacramento bank robbers who carefully planned and orchestrated a daring daylight holdup, then tried to make their spectacularly unsuccessful getaway in a Lincoln Town Car painted a shimmering shade of metallic fuschia/lavender.


    At least this guy seems to have passed on the eye-catching paint job and, to his credit, he didn't have one of those 15-foot-tall inflatable car dealership gorillas in the bed of his pickup truck.

    On the other hand, I wouldn't put it past him to have an optional aoooga horn hooked up under the hood so he could serenade the occasional patrol car along the freeway.

    Really. I wouldn't kid you on that, amigos ...

    By Brian Hamlin
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    Yeah, swim sure would go the speed limit if he had 8000 Oxys. Hell, he'd go the speed limit if he had 1. He doesn't have a license though, that may account for the not wanting to draw attention. Some people just can't resist speeding though. It's fucking rediculous. Swim was in the car with someone and they both had felony amounts of drugs on them but this person insisted on speeding, without a license, btw. 80 in a 55 is no good when a traffic stop is all that stands between you and prison.
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